Q&A Continued…

The Q – Q&A Continues

Q – What is meant by responsiveness?

A – In the Q, responsiveness has two meanings each related to the other. The basic meaning refers to the time it takes to complete a task. The Q meaning refers to the sense of orientation toward a topic.

Q – How do these orientations apply to content?

A – Q responsiveness is about orienting a way of thinking. A Q-unit is the smallest unit representing a way of thinking or one unit of responding. A unit of responsiveness can pertain to a word-topic or to a theme-topic. For instance, the term strength can be represented in a Q-unit, and the dimension strength of SWOT theme analysis can also be represented in its own Q-unit. Theoretically, there is no true object strength in either, rather it is an interaction with the perception of one’s responses to it. Q-units emphasize and uniformly mock these kinds of psychological dynamics. A Q-unit is a virtual B body response to the A body’s response to the world. The B body response is an answer to what dynamical topic applies best to the situational context. The environment drives the situational responses while the dynamical context aims to guide those responses.

Q – Is more than one topic being responsive at a time?

A – Yes, every response is on some level related to goals, and goals create networks of understandings. Theoretically, every topic is essentially a collection of responses to goals. For instance, how one thinks of strength is the way one responds to the goals of strength. SWOT analysis is a specific response to strength interacting with the general orientation of the term strength. Each dimension of SWOT involves these interactions and the interactions between each other driven by the occurrent input.

Q – If it is not about mental representations then how is content perceived as individuated concepts having relationships with other concepts?

A – Theoretically, it is about the orientations of our responses being nested together. This provides hierarchical structures where simulated perceptions, illustrated in Q scripts, moves between orientations.

It is important to understand the Q-unit before diving into scripts and hierarchies. Below is a quick review of the Q-unit.

 The Q-unit
  • Mode: Action & Measure
  • State: Being & Becoming

Q Mode: the active response is to measure. For instance, strength is a pole of measure that implies a complimentary pole, in most cases, weakness. The compliment completes the mode of response. This is the action of measure, to find a complimentary mode of thought to respond to. It is not always based on complimentary terms.

As a mode of sensibility…

  • Action always comes before measure.

Q State: Strength is being a response. As a being it implies a becoming, in this case, strength can become money, experience or whatever resource. Being begins a state of response, becoming completes the state, e.g., being strength becomes resource.

As a state of sensibility…

  • Being always comes before becoming.

This statement is not referring to the Q’s basic metaphysical notions, it is only referring to the idea of a discreet orientation being a response. However, from the Q’s metaphysical perspective, flux points of a script are where the environmental becoming effects a unit of an organismic being to then prompt a response to direct the unit’s own becoming.

Each Q-unit contains two mode/predicates and two state/subjects.

  1. State: Actual Subject Class (i.e., being)
  2. State: Potential Subject Class (i.e., becoming)
  3. Mode: Potential Predicate Class (i.e., action)
  4. Mode: Actual Predicate Class (i.e., measure)

Above represents the four categorical sets of the Q-unit.  For example, each predicate dimensions of SWOT can be broken down into the four categorical dimensions of the Q-unit. Terms related to the situation are sorted through a best fit analysis filter to cluster between the four Q-unit dimensions.

{…} represents a cluster of terms.

  • Superset: Potential{…}(actual{…})
  • Subset: Actual{…}(potential{…})
  1. Strengths([Potential{…}(actual{…}) ≥ Actual{…}(potential{…}])).
  2. Opportunities([Potential{…}(actual{…}) ≥ Actual{…}(potential{…}]))
  3. Weaknesses([Potential{…}(actual{…}) ≥ Actual{…}(potential{…}]))
  4. Threats([Potential{…}(actual{…}) ≥ Actual{…}(potential{…}]))

To help illustrate what these dimensions mean and how they function let’s look at the word strength as a topical quadranym word sense.

Theoretically, the embodied cognitive concept of an experiential trace is used to ground meaning to our motor and perceptual interactions with the world. Experiential traces can be repurposed to help provide metaphorical kinds of meanings. The Q is a very simple way to mock this very complex human ability. Q-units represent a contextual trace of a word to form a word sense. A contextual trace is like an experiential trace. It represents a basic orientation for a word sense. By aligning the Q-unit dimensions in a matrix each dimension is a potential categorical connection to other topics.


The content of topics are sorted into realms, roles and domains. A realm is a Q-unit, a role is a term of a dimension and a domain is the general category like, space, time, social, physical or emotional.

Topic: Strength(x)

  • (∀x) strength(x) ⟹ [Energy{…}(control{…}) Fuel{…}(ability{…})](x)
  • (∀x) Power(x) ⟹ [Strong{…}(self{…}) Weak{…}(ability{…})](x)
  • (∀x) weight(x) ⟹ [heavy{…}(self{…}) light{…}(size{…})](x)

Q analysis

Q – Is there a best way to configure a quadranym?

A – Yes, but it depends on the system of orientation, the dynamical context and the system’s totality of terms. A situational context refers to the truth conditions of concepts. A situational context can change the dynamical context of a term. A Q-unit is only ever involved in an epistemology because of the relationship between the dynamical and situational contexts. This relationship optimizes the responsiveness of the content.

Q – How are words chosen for each dimension? What is the method of analysis?

A – Ontologically, quadranyms are arranged by these two basic principles of content:

  1. Specify The Meaning Of Terms.
  2. Illustrate The Dynamics Between Terms.

Theoretically, the focus is on the dynamical interactions that a personal-subject has with the world. Special attributes are given to each dimension beginning with the superset subject.

Consider the examples configured below. In the example of the strength Q-unit the superset subject given is the term ability. We call this the coherent bias (CB). It  represents the standpoint of the topic.

The coherent bias for each topic is represented in the far right column: present is the CB of time, passage is the CB of door, interpret is the CB of perception and so on. Q-unit configurations are specific to a system of thinking. A system can adopt or reject the coherent bias of other systems.

  • Topical interoperability is the ability to adopt or reject the topical orientations of other systems.


Theoretically, the coherent bias is necessary before conditions of a topic can be salient. The coherent bias is the key attribute of the Q system.

Q – How can the coherent bias be defined in more precise terms?

A – We are using the coherent bias as a hypothetical construct. However, it may pertain to deeper questions involving normativity. We suggest that these are questions that require more interdisciplinary research across the board. We offer no real definition. For now, we can only offer a description, the coherent bias is the fundamental attribute of the system to which it represents orientational units  for ocurrent responses at any contextual timeline on any hierarchical level. It might be best attributed to that which affects the normative expressions of the system.

  • Coherent sense is never a global phenomenon, it is always a local one.

Summary: Q-units represent four recursive dimensions that dynamically bind terms together. The predicate dimensions represent from action to measure. The subject dimensions represent from being to becoming. Q analysis optimizes these dimensions for any term or topic. This is done to help provide the initial orientations for concepts.

Theoretically, responsiveness is quietly perceived as a nominal dynamic able to be individuated as a resource. By emphasizing this dynamic one can better interpret the positions taken toward a referent/symbol. The Q-unit is an attempt to intervene philosophically with the notion of the responsiveness to things and not the things.

  • The Q is a phenomenological look at the responsiveness of concepts.

On this site we aim to show how various metaphysical notions systematically apply to the Q-unit, such as, part-whole, plurality-unity, being-becoming, time and space.


Q-units are dynamic frameworks for specified terms.

Q: A method to analyze and cluster words – an ontological alignment system to represent dynamic word relations in units, scripts and layers.

More information: Q Theory Introduction